One of two existing curved display smartphones and the sole representative of the race that actually bends, LG’s G Flex, is closer and closer of seeing daylight stateside.
As a matter of fact, the elastic big guy can already be scored via a couple of online retailers. The catches being you’ll need to pay an arm and a leg for the 6-inch handheld and you’ll be scoring an unlocked, SIM-free version made specifically for South Korea and thus likely missing 4G LTE speeds on one or several major American networks.
If those aren’t hurdles worth worrying about, know that Overseas Electronics charges $1,049.99 for the G Flex, plus $12 shipping taxes, whereas Negri Electronics asks $1,109.50 with free shipping. Oh, and by the by, the latter only has the phone on pre-order, with the former mentioning nada about such thing, but probably having limited supply as well.
Not keen on dropping north of a gee on a slab of silicon, no matter how sleek, bendy and exclusive it might be at the moment? Fret not, as what once was a rumor is now near certainty.
AT&T and T-Mobile, two of the three wireless providers tipped to carry the G Flex, will undoubtedly do so in early 2014, as proven by a recent FCC filing. The LG D959, granted an American visa by the regulatory agency, carries GSM support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS and, wait for it, 4G LTE speeds on bands 4 and 17, which just happen to be used by Ma Bell and Magenta.
There you have it, ladies and gents, @evleaks was right… again, and the only remaining questions are how many units LG will be capable to ship to the states and what kind of pricing, both subsidized and off-contract, are we looking at. Surely more competitive than what Negri and Overseas are charging, but by how wide a margin? Any guesses anyone? We’d love to hear them below.